VAC bans should be removed by purchasing another license
As most of you here know, when you're VAC (Valve Anti Cheat) banned from a game in Steam, it's pretty much there for good. There is also no negotiation. This is in place to deter cheaters by essentially setting a "no tolerance, no forgiveness" policy for cheating. It certainly has its virtues. Many hundreds of thousands if not millions of people play games like Team Fortress 2 and Left 4 Dead, so it's very important to keep the community clean of those that would grief others.
But I think there's another side of the coin as well - people that cheated a long time ago and have completely changed their ways. I'm one of them.
Literally something like 6-7 years ago I was just another skill-less teenage foff that had to cheat on Counter-strike to get kills. It was cool, I could see people through walls, kill them as they came around the corner, pretend nothing was going on, and bask in my glorious K/D. I would use the AWP along with an aimbot to aim slightly below the head to insta-kill anyone I see without appearing too suspicious (since many legitimately good players can actually do as such). So been there done that. I was later rightfully banned by VAC from all Source games.
Fast forward to now, I play Battlefield: Bad Company 2 MP, Dawn of War 2 MP, various MMOs, and even Team Fortress 2 and Left 4 Dead among others (on another account). I play them all fairly well, enjoy myself, and do so without cheating. I also sincerely have no intention of ever using a cheat online again, since to me it would be like personally insulting myself, succumbing to the notion that it's impossible to improve my own skill or knowledge.
The one annoyance I have with using Steam right now is I have to maintain two accounts. One is for most of the games I get off of Steam sales, the other is for just multiplayer Source games (the not banned one obviously). It would be great if I could just play the games on my original account again by having the VAC bans removed through purchasing another license of the game in which I'm banned in.
But won't that increase cheating? Well here's the thing, as I mentioned above I already have a separate account where I can purchase and play such games that I was originally banned from years ago, and I play them now without cheating. The only difference between my proposal and the system that already exists is cutting out one step - the creation of another account.
Current system if VAC banned:
1) Create another account
2) Purchase games again
My proposed system if VAC banned
1) Purchase games again
If there happened to be a well-endowed cheater that would just continually buy new licenses to cheat and grief people as soon as he got banned, such a system is already in place and they would already be doing so by simply creating new accounts and buying the games again (not to mention, such people are probably in the extreme minority).
There may also be the criticism that new accounts actually help deter cheating further by wiping achievements and stats as a corollary - simple, just wipe achievements and stats for the affected games if cheating is detected but still allow the ban to be removed by the purchase of another license so that they can earn them again.
I believe that Steam should allow players to have a remission of their VAC ban through a purchase of another license of the affected game. The current system already allows chronic cheaters to simply create another account and buy another license, so my proposed system doesn't enable more cheating, it just cuts out an unnecessary middle step so that players who have legitimately changed their ways can enjoy their games the way they want them to be enjoyed again.